In Israel, our Independence Day celebrations aren't just partying. At the same time the stage was being readied for tomorrow night's Independence Day celebrations in our Central Park, the large Mifal Hapayis building was being readied for our Memorial Day for the IDF's Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims ceremony.
In Israel we understand that independence is a very expensive process in terms of human lives. Nobody gave us this state. We paid and still pay dearly for our independence. We must fight wars and we suffer from Arab terrorism.
Never have we fought with another country as an ally. The world "stands by" and waits to see if we will survive. We have been victorious in these wars for one reason and one reason only. G-d wants us to win. He is our ally and is the only ally we really need.
The State of Israel exists because Jews are willing to fight for it, and G-d helps us because we are willing to fight. That is why our Independence Day starts after a day of mourning for those who gave their lives for the State of Israel.